Marissa Jaret Winokur: Broadway Star, First-Time Mom
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At Work: Tony Award-winning actress (2003); Dancing with the Stars celebrity dancer; and host of the popular dance/weight loss competition, Dance Your Ass Off, which debuted on Oxygen Network in late June, 2009.
At Home: Los Angeles. Mother of one son, Zev Isaac Miller (15 months). Husband: Judah Miller, television comedy writer.
Q. What is your favorite activity with your son?
MJW: Zev and I love playing in the water - the beach, swimming, bath time... we lov
e anything with water.
Q. What is the most important lesson you try to impart to him?
MJW: Kindness. I want my son to be kind like his father... a sweet little boy who evolves into a wonderfully kind father and husband.
Q. Who was your greatest child-raising influence, and why?
MJW: My family overall. I have two older brothers and an older sister and since my siblings are so much older than me, they had a great influence on me. But now that I have had a child, I would have to say it's really my mom who has had the greatest influence - she did on all of us.
Q. What is your approach to disciplining your son?
MJW: At 15 months old, there isn't much discipline yet. [NOTE: The special bond between mother and son is evident - photos of the two playing and hugging say it all - as Zev inches up on the "terrible twos."]
Q. What was a memorable family outing?
MJW: We just got back from Hawaii and it was Zev's first vacation. It was great letting him experience the warm ocean, the sand, and seeing him enjoy the luaus!